Roller Skate Skirt Sewing Instructions
Pattern tips and additional info:
- Download the pattern and save it to your PC, open the pdf document in adobe acrobat. Don’t print from google’s online version of adobe. (It will sometimes cause the pattern to print too small.)
- Seam allowance is 1/4 inch with a 1/2 inch bottom hem.
- Yoga style waistband is designed for stretch knit fabric. I recommend a rib-knit or interlock knit (or any stretch fabric that has about a 50% stretch and good recovery.)
- Use a ballpoint/stretch needle
- Use spray starch when folding the bottom hem of knit fabric. (The starch stiffens the fabric and helps so much!)
- Sew seams with either a serger, double-needle, stretch stitch, narrow zig zag with a long stitch length or a straight stitch with a long stitch length and a slightly loosened tension. (Make a couple of practice stitches on your fabric to see what works best.) I also like to use this “lightning bolt” stretch stitch on seams that need strength but a little give. (I used it when attaching the skirt to the waistband).
- 1/3 yard of rib knit or cotton/rayon/spandex knit with good stretch and recovery for the waistband.(or any stretch fabric that has about a 50% stretch and good recovery)
- Amount of fabric needed for the bottom skirt will vary based on size and fabric width. You could fit the size 10 skirt on 1 yard, if the fabric is 60 inches wide or greater, but anything less wide and you would need close to 1 2/3 to 2 yards
- ballpoint/stretch needle
- iron/spray starch
- basic sewing supplies
Step 1. Print pattern, and assemble according to directions.
Print pattern, and assemble according to directions. (Image below is just for reference- print pattern from link above.)
Step 2: Cut out pattern pieces:
Line the pattern pieces up on the fold of the fabric and cut out 1 waistband and 4 skirt panels (on the fold.)
Step 3: Skirt Assembly.
Waistband: right sides together, sew along the edge with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Skirt: Line up edges of skirt panels, right sides together and sew. (1/4 inch seam allowance) Keep going until all 4 skirt panels are sewn together.
Fold waistband in half, wrong sides together, lining up the raw edges. (The waistband is now 4.75 inches tall.)
Divide waistband into 4 equal sections, marking with pins.
Line up the pins of the waistband with the 4 seams of the skirt. Pin together. (The skirt is several inches wider than the waistband to accommodate the pulling the skirt over the hips and to give it extra “swing”)
Line up the waistband seam under your presser foot (skirt should be on the bottom.) Sew a couple of stitches to lock the fabric in place on the machine and gently stretch the waistband until it is the same width as the skirt fabric. (Be careful to not stretch the skirt fabric.) Sew from pin to pin, keeping the waistband evenly stretched as you sew.
Here is the finished waistband close up: you can see how the skirt gathers up when the waistband recovers to its usual shape. (Sorry for the poor quality picture, I’ll get another in the daylight and add it very soon.)
Hem the skirt. If working with knit, you could leave the edge raw or fold it up 1/2 inch and hem with a zig zag or double needle. (Don’t forget to use spray starch if hemming!)
If you are hemming woven cotton, hemming in a circle can be tricky. My favorite method is to use single fold bias tape to make a smooth edge.
That’s it, you’re done!
Time for some roller skating!
Or maybe just a break…
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